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Al Denson – Be The One [1990]

Al Denson is one of those CCM (Contemporary Christian) solo artists who flourished at the end of the eighties, beginning of the nineties. He is still today a well-known name in the music business, with seven songs that reached the #1 position on the Christian radio charts through his career.

After his nice ’89 self-titled debut album, this singer-songwriter published “Be The One” in 1990. Denson style is catchy and Hi-Tech Rock/Pop with some adult, typically Contemporary Christian AOR moments, and as usually in this genre releases, with a superb production. Opener “I’ve Got Something To Say” has an anthemic structure with sing-along potential and bombastic compressed drums. Here’s some poppy oriented tracks that do not interest me as “It’s One Thing To Say It” or the weak “Fall Into Place”, but the good thing in this kind of of material are the ballads and the AORish tunes. Title track “Be The One” is one of these solid ballads, also the WestCoast vibes on “No Love Lost” accompanied by a female singer for good effect.

The value tracks on this album are the AOR numbers, as the personal favorite midtempo “Nothing Can Separate Us”, with really good guitars and background keys, organic drums and consistent vocals by Al. “Tested By Fire” is another song full of class, an elegant tune sustained by great clean guitars and an ethereal AOR production. “Never Out Of His Love” has a slow pace but it’s long track with in crescendo moments and a well rounded climax.

Out Of Print and pretty hard to find, “Be The One” includes some nice, immaculately recorded and produced songs in the refined side of the AOR spectre, that well worth a listen.

Band Members
Al Denson – Vocals
Brian Tankersley – Keyboards, bass, drums
Joe Hogue – Keyboards, bass
Michael Hodge – Guitars, backing vocals
Mark Baldwin, Jerry McPherson, Tom Hemby – Guitars
Jackie Street – Bass
Mark Hammond – Drums
Phil Naish – Keyboards
Jeff Gunn, Bonnie Keen, Gary Janney, Chris Rodriguez – Backing vocals

01. I’ve Got Something To Say
02. It’s One Thing To Say It
03. Nothing Can Separate Us
04. Be The One
05. Tested By Fire
06. Higher Call
07. Fall Into Place
08. See Ya At The Party
09. No Love Lost
10. Never Out Of His Love

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